Live Jazz: The Jazz Baltica Festival in Salzau, Germany

By Fernando Gonzalez Salzau, Germany.  This year’s edition of Germany’s Jazz Baltica Festival was billed as “The Battle of the Big Bands,” and included the Jazz Big Band Graz, the Bohuslan Big Band with Steve Swallow, the NDR Big Band directed by Maria Schneider, and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Still, as good as some of… Read More Live Jazz: The Jazz Baltica Festival in Salzau, Germany

On Second Thought: Pink Floyd “Animals”

By Dave Gebroe Animals is an ugly record. The music is cold, coked-out aggro-prog, possessing none of the light, playful touches that made much of the Floyd’s previous work so alluring and transportative. The lyrics are depressingly downbeat and glum, and its grotesquely off-putting misanthropy remains almost unparalleled in the history of popular music. This… Read More On Second Thought: Pink Floyd “Animals”

Live Jazz: The Grammy Museum Salutes the Jazz Bakery, with Hubert Laws, Alan Bergman, Tierney Sutton, Bill Henderson, Mike Melvoin, Kenny Burrell, Jeff Garlin, Alan Broadbent and more

By Michael Katz Perhaps you came from a musical family. Perhaps you remember those holiday dinners, when your mother would proudly call you and your siblings to gather around the piano and sing, strum or toot what you’d recently studied when the other kids were out playing ball. Now, close your eyes and pretend that… Read More Live Jazz: The Grammy Museum Salutes the Jazz Bakery, with Hubert Laws, Alan Bergman, Tierney Sutton, Bill Henderson, Mike Melvoin, Kenny Burrell, Jeff Garlin, Alan Broadbent and more